Posted: Thursday 18th May 2017
Senior Resilience Officer, Jim Farrier, tells us how to stay cyber resilient
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has revealed that two-thirds of organisations experienced at least one cyber security incident during the previous year, and 15% had experienced at least ten.
Recent headlines have proven to us just how crucial it is for businesses and organisations to get all staff thinking about being cyber savvy. Security is everyone's responsibility; not just those in your IT department.
This week (15-19 May) is Business Continuity Awareness Week, so it's the perfect time to start thinking about becoming more resilient to cyber-attacks.
What can businesses do now?
- Check that your IT security controls are up to date and effective
- Revisit business continuity plans and assess the resilience of critical services against cyber-attack. Incorporate more contingency arrangements if you think they are required.
- Plan for recovery just in case your protection systems fail.
Importantly, you should encourage your staff to follow these top tips:
- Use strong passwords. Integrate capital letters, numbers and characters into a memorable word.
- Use trusted memory sticks. Don't plug untrusted devices like memory sticks into networks.
- Don't leave your computer unlocked.
- Don't click on untrusted links. Be aware of links on emails or websites that seem suspicious or are from an untrustworthy source.
- Take care when using unsecure networks, such as Wi-Fi hotspots.
For more information and advice on increasing your cyber resilience, visit bit.ly/HertsCyber